Public Talk: ‘Delivering Little Boy’ By Grandson Of Manhattan Project Physician Oct. 27

Little Boy. Courtesy/wikipedia


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Nolan, a professor of sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t know much about his grandfather, James F. Nolan, a physician with training in radiology who played a unique role in the early history of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

James L. Nolan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Williams College

The younger Nolan had a general idea that his father had moved to Los Alamos at an early age but no detailed knowledge about his grandfather. Very few details, that is, until three years ago, when his father


Robert Gibson Speaks On Future Energy Resources For Los Alamos County


Robert Gibson, chair of the Los Alamos Future Energy Resources Committee, will present “Future Energy Resources for Los Alamos County” at a meeting of the Sierra Club, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 2, room 203.

Los Alamos County’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) adopted a goal in 2013 to “become a carbon-neutral electric provider by 2040.” This year, BPU appointed an ad hoc Future Energy Resources (FER) Committee to recommend a definition of “carbon-neutral,” future electrical energy resources in that context, and policy regarding distributed energy


NNSA Awards Over $11 Million to Accelerate Development Of Domestic Mo-99 In U.S. Without Use Of Highly Enriched Uranium

Workers prepare a low-enriched uranium machine for the production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Thursday it has awarded more than $11 million in additional funding to its cooperative agreement partners, SHINE Medical Technologies and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, to accelerate the establishment of new, domestic sources of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched


Water Attorney/Activist Speaks At Nature Center

Water attorney and activist Kyle Harwood in La Cienega. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

How do we protect our aquifers? Action taken in La Cienega, a nearby community, is the subject of the free talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Los Alamos Nature Center.

Kyle Harwood, water attorney and La Cienega resident, will share the challenges facing his community along with their efforts to protect their aquifers.

As dessert residents, water is a precious resource. Nearby, the La Cienega region is already seeing diminishing flow from their local springs. They are not alone. Stories of wells and springs running


PEEC Screens Mysteries Of The Unseen World

‘Mysteries Of The Unseen World‘ poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A new giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.

Los Alamos Nature Center will premiere Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures at 7 p.m., Oct. 30.

Mysteries Of The Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy,


DPU & PEEC Host Home Efficiency Expo


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is hosting a Home Efficiency Expo 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Are you ready for that next home improvement project at your home? Are you running out of ideas? Why not consider dropping by the Los Alamos Home Efficiency Expo this Saturday to pick up your free home energy efficiency kit?

The event is at the Golf Course Community Building at 4244 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos and is free to the public. All home owners and renters are invited.

Complete participating organizations and vendors at the Expo include:

  • DPU Energy and Water Conservation


New Planetarium Feature Film This Weekend: Back To The Moon for Good

Poster for ‘Back to the Moon For Good’ Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Back To The Moon For Good, an exciting, educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen, premieres at Los Alamos Nature Center 2 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25.

The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.

Back To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some


Final 2015 Fourth Friday Oct. 23


Los Alamos Creative District’s Final Fourth Friday of 2015 will happen in downtown Los Alamos this Friday, Oct. 23. Fourth Friday will begin again in January 2016.

Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers extended hours or special programming at Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center, The Nature Center and Mesa Public Library. Fourth Fridays also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses. This month Fourth Friday special events and include:

The Bradbury Science Museum  will


Rings of Fire: New Explosives Provide Enhanced Safety, High Energy

Explosives chemist David Chavez weighs a small amount of tetrazine, an explosives precursor. Chavez has synthesized two new explosives molecules that promise high-energy with enhanced safety. Courtesy/LANL

A small amount of explosive material is subjected to shock wave with a striker plate to induce detonation. An explosive material’s insensitivity — it’s resistance to accidental or unintended detonation — is one set of data measured using this type of test. Photo by Daniel Preston/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives chemist David Chavez has synthesized


NNSA Announces Procurement Of Penguin Computing Clusters To Support Stockpile Stewardship At National Laboratories

Doug Wade

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today announced the awarding of a subcontract to Penguin Computing – a leading developer of high-performance Linux cluster computing systems based in Silicon Valley – to bolster computing for stockpile stewardship at its three national security laboratories.

Under the terms of the contract, awarded by Lawrence Livermore for NNSA’s tri-lab Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, Penguin Computing will receive $39 million to provide